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NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 17, 2012

CONTACT: Kent Love, director of communications, 517-432-6959; kent.love@law.msu.edu
André Dandridge, project manager, 517-336-8088 x1136, dandrid2@law.msu.edu

MSU Law and Wayne State Host Small Business Owners to Study Barriers to Entrepreneurial Activity and Job Creation

East Lansing, MI — Michigan State University College of Law’s Small Business & Nonprofit Clinic and the Wayne State University Business and Community Law Clinic will host Detroit small business owners for a Detroit Entrepreneur Social on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University.

Entrepreneurs are invited to assist with the Michigan Applied Public Policy Research (MAPPR) Project to help identify legal and government barriers to entrepreneurial activity and job creation in the state. The event will bring together small business owners from a broad range of occupations to conduct a survey and investigate the regulations firsthand.

Clinic faculty and students are conducting the study, with a focus on legal barriers to entrepreneurship that affect Detroit’s small business owners and hinder Michigan’s ability to be more “business friendly.” The project is a multi-dimensional alliance between the academic, practitioner, government, and nonprofit legal business service communities. Student clinicians, faculty, staff, and project partners will review major city and state regulations that impact small businesses to determine whether they achieve a legitimate government objective without unduly burdening business activity.

The data collected through the project will be analyzed and presented to the newly elected 2013 Michigan Legislature and local lawmakers to inform them of regulatory hurdles and offer relevant reformation dialogue on making Detroit—the state’s urban core and most populous city—more “business friendly.”

Hors d’ oeuvres and refreshments will be served. For more information and to RSVP, contact MAPPR Project Manager André Dandridge.

The MSU College of Social Science Institute for Public Policy and Social Research awarded seven MAPPR grants to university professors to conduct research projects aimed at informing state and local lawmakers on various public policy issues.

The MSU Law Small Business & Nonprofit Clinic enhances law students’ professional development through experiential learning in the specialized transactional areas of business and nonprofit law. The clinic trains confident and competent legal professionals to assist underserved Michigan small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Student clinicians facilitate entrepreneurial empowerment by engaging in community economic development and outreach initiatives that provide timely, quality, legally relevant information. The clinic also creates community and campus partnerships to expand resources available to Michigan small businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Michigan State University College of Law, a leading institution of legal education with a long history of educating practice-ready attorneys, prepares future lawyers to use ethics, ambition, and intellect to solve the world's problems. As one of only a few private law schools affiliated with a major research university, MSU Law offers comprehensive interdisciplinary opportunities combined with a personalized legal education. After 100 years as a private and independent institution, the affiliation with MSU has put the Law College on an upward trajectory of national and international reputation and reach. MSU Law professors are gifted teachers and distinguished scholars, its curriculum is rigorous and challenging, and its facility is equipped with the latest resources—all affirming MSU Law's commitment to educating 21st-century lawyers.

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